a letter from kageno
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From: Frank A.
To:flora and henri
Sent: Friday, August 17th, 2007 9:44 A.M.
Subject: Thought you would find this interesting...
These pictures of Kageno Nursery School children with their new mosquito nets were taken during
a donor trip in July... The article that follows was published yesterday. Something as simple as sleeping
under a malaria net can save thousands of lives. Your support helped to secure the mosquito nets
and save lives on Rusinga Island.
Just wanted you to know about some of the programs your donations support.
For more information about Kageno please visit www.kageno.org
....and our new Kageno Kids website www.kagenokids.org
a thankyou from kageno
a gift for the children of rusinga island
this past summer I visited kenya with my family and was particularly struck by the extraordinary children of rusinga island, a joyous and vibrant group of more than 200 children orphaned from AIDS. over the past several years a clinic and open-air school structure have been built to assist the village of kolunga in caring for their children.
I would like to invite you and your families to join flora and henri in recognizing the spirit of the season, promoting awareness in our children and supporting the work for a future generation in africa. on december 16th and 17th shop with us, in-store or online, and 50% of all proceeds will be sent to the rusinga island Trust/kageno organization. gift certificates purchases also qualify for this benefit event.
flat donations will also be accepted and are 100% tax deductible. to make a donation email firstname.lastname@example.org.
thank you for your generosity and wishing every one of you the spirit of the season,
about rusinga island
rusinga island is at the epicenter of the AIDS crisis in kenya. the main industry is omena (herring) fishing. nearly everyone living on rusinga plays a part in the fish supply chain that entails the catching, drying, storing, and selling of the fish. when fishing is good in the area, the population swells on rusinga and generally people eat. however, when fishing is poor and the fishermen go to the other beaches to fish, the female residents left on the beach are without income and food. these females, some as young as 10 years old, are forced to prostitute themselves to remaining fisherman for food.
this beach is currently serving as an HIV/AIDS incubator where the alarming transmission rate is threatening to kill off the entire population. if these women had stable jobs outside fish drying, they would be saved from prostitution, saved from contracting and passing the virus, and released from the shackles of hunger and malnutrition.
he glaring problem of rusinga and surrounding areas is impoverishment. impoverishment is exacerbated by the loss of the active economic age group (18-36) who are the main carriers of HIV/AIDS. while many local people do not participate in HIV/AIDS testing, many healthcare professionals working in the area assume that the majority of this age bracket could be carrying the HIV virus.
with failing health due to the HIV/AIDS virus and endemic diseases coupled with little reliable income, the region's circle of impoverishment is closed. using the Kageno project as a model for other impoverished communities, we plan to transform the rusinga island community from an exclusively migrant fishing community into an economic, artisan, and computer hub. breaking the circle.
kageno means "a place of hope", in dholuo, a kenyan dialect, is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. kageno identifies ravaged communities suffering from impoverishment, AIDS, genocide and limited access to healthcare, clean water, and education. without intervention, these communities will continue to consume their resources at a non-sustainable rate, leading to a perpetual cycle of survival tactics and environmental degradation. the thrust of kageno's mission is to stop this cycle and create places of opportunity and hope. by supporting kageno, you will be directly affecting the lives of people living in these communities, giving them hope and opportunity. they will be working to increase their skills, create new jobs, invest in their environment, control the spread of infectious diseases, and ultimately live better, healthier lives.